No more statue to knock over anymore

Bledsoe is calling it quits.

The Bledsoe years here were bittersweet. He was tall. He had an arm. But he didn’t want to put in the year-round time improving his game, he couldn’t do progressions, and had terrible pocket feel. It’s too bad for him he didn’t come out of college in the 1970s. Behind the kind of offensive line you could put together in those pre-free agency days, and with some wideout burners, he may well have been known as the greatest QB of all time. Unfortunately for him, he came into the NFL in the 1990s and would not or could not adapt to what defenses did to him once Belichick had a shot at him.

And lets not hear about how he was amazing in the 2001 AFC title game in Pittsburgh. Brady had led the Pats most of the way down the field before one of Cowher’s thugs cheap-shotted him. Bledsoe then made a couple of good plays to finish the drive. After that, with the exception of one crucial 3rd down completion, that was a hide-your-head-behind-your-hands-and-pray-nothing-bad-happens game. Don’t forget the ball Bledsoe threw backwards over his head while facing away from the defense. Still, it was nice to see him get one last moment in the spotlight.

And then, after those first 8 games in Buffalo, it all turned to ashes. Pats fans would nod in quasi-sympathy as Buffalo and then Dallas fans would complain about all the faults Pats fans knew too well. Can anyone forget the patented Bledsoe backpedal toward the sideline and throw the game-losing INT?

But he was tall. And strong. And had a rocket arm…

2 Responses to “No more statue to knock over anymore”

  1. Zip Says:

    Hello Rich,

    Well there’s no doubt the final memory of Bledsoe as a Pat is a bit rose colored. He did step in and take that one hit while responding with the fantastic pass to Patten. Beyond that he was no more or less effective than tom had been against a tough Steeler Defense. He almost threw the game away with that ugly over the shoulder – falling-down-backwards abomination. He did nail one final first down to end the game and bring forth the tears. It was not a great game but he did avoid the mistakes (barely) and did enough to help us win that game – the rest is history – Dynastic History actually.

    rew did many fantastic things here – and I think he may actually have been coached out of his most effective manner. The Early Drew was a gung slinger who spread the ball around – set records for hitting the most receivers (five I think) with fifty or more passes each. He didn’t lock on and unloaded fairly quickly. Over the years he locked on more and more as he was sacked more and more – fairly tragic stuff actually since we knew the other Drew had been there before but alas that’s a rut from which he never did get free. Why I wonder? I think you nailed that with a comment I’ve heard more than afew times. Drew was a minimalist in his off-season workouts. He was a great family man but the price was he stopped giving football the kind of effort and preparation it needed if he was going to rise and improve… the opposite of Tom Brady.

    It is not, however, about comparing Tom and Drew. How could any QB stack up to Tom at this point?

    Drew did some grande things – Drew did them with mostly very high class (stage diving and some late frustrations perhaps aside) — and Drew helped bring this franchise more wins than anyone before Brady and Bellichick. I’m an old School Grogan fan and yet I’ll treasure Drew for many things – most notably that when the St. Louis call was strongest he carried us on a win streak which kept us here… and that has done some marvelous things in my life!

    Go Pats
    Zip

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